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Ecological Gardening – Online presentation with Rockport Garden Club

Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on our gardening practices. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back can affect the life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths, and butterflies. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays, or passes by as they look for food, shelter, and places to lay eggs. In this one-hour online presentation with the Rockport Garden Club of Massachusetts, learn more from Anna Fialkoff as she shares her own observations and practices from her experience as an ecological horticulturist and designer.

Learn more and register with the Rockport Garden Club.

Gardening for Wildlife – Online Presentation with Lexington Living Landscapes

Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on how we plant and manage them. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays or passes by as creatures look for food, shelter, to nest and lay eggs. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back affects life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths and butterflies. Learn how to create habitat in the garden year-round while balancing your workload and garden aesthetics.

Learn more and register with Lexington Living Landscapes and the Cary Library Foundation.

Rewild in 10 Action Steps – Community Conversation with Sierra Club Maine

Entomologist Douglas Tallamy identifies a minimum of 70% native plant biomass in our landscapes needed to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wild seed Project recently launched an initiative that motivates people to meet this threshold through a holistic approach –  it is called rewilding and anyone can do it whether you have farmland, a yard in the suburbs, a hell strip in an urban neighborhood, or no land of your own. Anna will walk you through what it means to rewild in 10 action steps in this one-hour online presentation.

Learn more and register with Sierra Club Maine.

Member Q&A – Live Online

Photograph of webinar on a laptop and a cup of coffee

Members, we hope you’ll join us for the next Q&A session live on Zoom!

For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, WSP’s founder, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face.

Members, please watch for our email Sunday, October 10, to register for the session.

Not a Member Yet? Become One Today!

Our members are Wild Seed Project’s root system, grounding our work, delivering nutrients for perennial sustenance and growth, and making it possible for us to spread out and make a greater difference every year.

They also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop, early access to our plant sale, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

Join our growing community — click here to become a member now!

Rewild in 10 Action Steps – Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinar

Entomologist Douglas Tallamy identifies a minimum of 70% native plant biomass in our landscapes needed to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Wild Seed Project launched an initiative that motivates people to meet this threshold through a holistic approach – it is called rewilding, and anyone can do it whether you have farmland, a yard in the suburbs, a hell strip in an urban neighborhood, or no land of your own. Anna Fialkoff will walk you through what it means to rewild in 10 action steps in this one-hour webinar.

Learn more and register with Ecological Landscape Alliance.

Cathance River Education Alliance Rewilding Landscapes: 10 Easy Ways

Join our speakers from the Maine-based Wild Seed Project (WSP) to learn about rewilding and how easy it can be to begin naturalizing spaces in your community in this one-hour plus online presentation. Whether you are an apartment dweller, homeowner, or have visions of rich ecological landscapes in your community’s public spaces, there is a rewilding activity for you!

Rewilding is the practice of restoring native plants in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes to reverse habitat loss, recapture the benefits of natural systems, and bring nature back into our daily lives. Rewilding begins with native plants which form the foundation of the local food web. Native plants support insects, which in turn support birds, whose populations serve as an indicator of ecological health and resiliency.

WSP’s Executive Director Andrea Berry is a passionate backyard gardener, amateur beekeeper, and keeper of chickens who loves nature and all growing things. WSP Board Member Julia Frederick maintains a freelance practice designing native plant gardens and also works as a Senior Landscape Architect at Mitchell & Associates in Portland. Her landscapes celebrate local ecology and enrich the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Learn more and register with Cathance River Education Alliance.

Rendering by Julia Frederick, Landscape Architect.

Rewilding Talks Series: Adopt Mindful Landscape Practices

**PLEASE NOTE: This talk will be no longer be held in-person, but instead will be online. **

Is planting native enough to support local wildlife? Just as critical as what we plant is what we do in our landscapes throughout the year. In this one-hour  talk,  Anna Fialkoff will help you learn how to shift from harmful management habits and dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, and fossil fuels to adopting mindful practices that benefit salamanders, bees, birds, butterflies, and the planet’s health.

About the Rewilding Talks Series:
Wild Seed Project’s Pledge to Rewild initiative is a call-to-action, motivating people to plant natives to support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in order to make positive environmental change in their own communities. Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project are teaming up to bring you a three-part series that goes in-depth on some of the key concepts of rewilding: transforming your lawn into layers of native plants, adopting mindful landscape practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs.

Learn more and register for any part of the rewilding talks series through Maine Audubon.

Why Native Plants Matter

Native plants are beautiful, important for our local and regional ecosystems and do not need the high nutrient and water inputs of commonly cultivated plants. These qualities make native plant species excellent additions to our gardens!

In this one-hour Zoom webinar, Wild Seed Project founder Heather McCargo covers the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and the importance of bringing native plants back into our gardens and developed landscapes. She also discusses current native plant trends and issues in the nursery trade (including cloning and the loss of genetic diversity), and explains how we all can support our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants.

Co-sponsored with West Newbury Wild and Native, West Newbury Open Space Committee, West Newbury Garden Club and Essex County Greenbelt.

Learn more and register with Essex County Greenbelt.

Gardening for Habitat – Webinar with Native Plant Trust

Bee on flowerGardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on our gardening practices. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back can affect the life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths, and butterflies. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays, or passes by as they look for food, shelter, and places to lay eggs. In this one-hour online presentation, learn more from Anna Fialkoff as she shares her own observations and practices from her experience as an ecological horticulturist and designer.

Learn more and register with Native Plant Trust.

Member Q&A – Live Online

Photograph of webinar on a laptop and a cup of coffee

Members, we hope you’ll join us for the next Q&A session live on Zoom!

For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, WSP’s founder, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face.

Members, please watch for our email Sunday, November 7, to register for the session.

Not a Member Yet? Become One Today!

Our members are Wild Seed Project’s root system, grounding our work, delivering nutrients for perennial sustenance and growth, and making it possible for us to spread out and make a greater difference every year.

They also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

Join our growing community — click here to become a member now!

Rewilding Talks Series: Plant Native Trees to Support Local Food Webs

Planted around homes and businesses, in parks and public open spaces, along city streets and highway margins and even in parking lot islands, native trees offer countless benefits beyond their four-season beauty––purifying air, shading and cooling in hot weather, storing atmospheric carbon, minimizing flooding and stormwater runoff and helping to sustain vital pollinators, birds and other wildlife. In this one-hour online talk, Anna Fialkoff will teach the why, what, and how of planting native trees to rewild our landscapes.

About the Rewilding Series:
Wild Seed Project’s Pledge to Rewild initiative is a call-to-action, motivating people to plant natives to support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in order to make positive environmental change in their own communities. Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project are teaming up to bring you a three-part series that goes in-depth on some of the key concepts of rewilding: transforming your lawn into layers of native plants, adopting mindful landscape practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs.

Learn more and register through Maine Audubon.

Seed Sowing 101 – Free Online Tutorial

Seed Sowing 101 by Illustration by Jada Fitch

Illustration by Jada Fitch

Whether you recently bought seeds from our online store or plan to soon, you may be looking for step-by-step guidance on sowing your seeds.

Many of our native species are easy to grow, but they have different germination requirements from common garden flowers and vegetable seeds. Learn more by joining Heather McCargo for an introduction to native seed sowing. She will walk you through what materials you’ll need, when and how to sow, and tips and tricks for successful germination of your native seedlings next spring.

Catch two other opportunities for this free online tutorial over the fall and winter:

Register with Wild Seed Project.

Interested in hosting a Wild Seed Project event? Read about what we offer for walks, talks, and workshops here, then contact us to set something up.

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